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COVID-19 Letter from Herefordshire Council

A couple of days ago I received the below letter from Herefordshire Council.

COVID-19 Hfd Council 30-07-2020

 

Herefordshire Council, however, has refused to let the public know the care/nursing homes they have recorded as having suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus, and the risks to members of the public who are going into care or whose loved ones are. Such claimed to be outweighed by commercial interests.

My FOI request can be seen here: FOI Request Herefordshire Council Care/nursing homes and coronavirus

Letter to Stephen Vickers (Director of Adults & Wellbeing)

Below is a redacted copy of my recent letter, sent via recorded delivery, to Stephen Vickers – Director of Adults & Wellbeing at Herefordshire Council.
While I should have proof-read it before sending, I think it’s reasonable.

Since SV extended punitive restrictions regarding communications, in 2018, while I was an unpaid carer, he and particular colleagues have disregarded all emails and letters for property to be returned to me. The property they refused to allow my brother to keep, and which I have supported him with for many years until he was placed in Priory Group ‘care’. I can only assume such is one of the distressing tactics used to delay, hinder or prevent individuals like me from seeking redress of their complicity in concealing incidents.

Draft to Stephen Vickers PC Police Report_Redacted

 

Below is my postal receipt and signed for proof of posting, as many letters appear to be disregarded and emails deleted or lost by Herefordshire Council

 

 

Denied of Coming Home for Birthday

This post, another long one, will likely not surprise anyone who has been reading this site’s blog for the past years. My bother has again been denied of coming home to celebrate his Birthday, The Priory Group and their home manager disregarding a Court of Protection contact schedule. It has taken Herefordshire Council a total of nine years to destroy my family.

The feeble excuses used on this occasion?
Bad weather, and an allegation that I am unable to support the family member I grew up with since the age of 10 months old, and who I helped support at the family home for over three decades.

Below is the email response I received from the manager of the Priory Group home, on the morning of my brother’s Birthday. While readers may find it appears as though the manager is making it is superficial.

Gmail - BdayFamily home visit redacted

 

The second paragraph of the email response refers to a letter which was not attached to the email. Regardless I have been banned from visiting my brother or giving him any device that can record audio or video since 2017, with no apology or written retraction from The Priory Group.
Regarding contact via Skype, as you will see and read below, I attempted to arrange contact. The Priory Group have had Skype details for several years as of writing this blog entry and only allowing a total of 3 minutes contact in the past three years and since Court of Protection involvement.
Additionally, SK says I should speak with AW or RO, both Priory Group employees who have neglected my brother previously. Which I can evidence and which Herefordshire Council social care staff and advocacy knew of yet helped conceal incidents.

I next attempted to arrange Skype contact with my brother, after taking some time to recover from the effects of extremely high blood pressure, initially caused by the extended distress Herefordshire Council & The Priory Group have caused, and on this particular occasion, BP raised due to the manager not allowing my brother home for his Birthday. Below is the email chain, which too would be plausible but for the falsehoods, which I will reveal.

Gmail - Skype Contact 20-06-2020_Redacted

 

In SK’s reply email, he agrees to support Skype contact at the accepted time, contact details of which were agreed two years ago at a meeting with solicitors.
The attached images I will come back too.

In the next paragraph of SK’s reply, he says two calls were made to me, one on 24th March 2020, a day I was by my mother’s hospital bedside, alone and comforting her while she slowly died. Something I would not wish for others to experience., but for those that are there for their loved one at the end, they should be prepared and have the mental strength to deal with what they witness, and the grief that follows.

The next two short sentences in SK’s reply, regarding my questions are both concerning and conflict with previous responses. What I consider most worrying is that it has taken since 11th May 2020, when testing was made available to all care homes, until the second week of June 2020 for the Priory Group manager to request coronavirus testing kits.

Link to official publication: Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

Next, SK conveniently uses the deletion of email under a 60 days policy, appearing to forget I keep all Priory Group communications, which incidentally I have none regarding the claimed Skype calls nor in fact any form Priory Group staff regarding the arrangement of Skype contact, as supposed to be the case to comply with Court of Protection order.

This now brings me to the pictures SK attached to the email as claimed evidence of calls being made.

I have examined the pictures forensically and find inconsistency within them. However, I will just state the obvious that can be seen in the images.
Only one of the images provides any evidence of the person they claim to contact, this the redacted image of 24th March 2020, yet it’s not to me or the agreed Skype account.
I am also mindful that it is not my brother’s Skype account, partly because the image says ‘no mutual contacts’. My brother has family contacts listed for his convenience in Skype, and I helped him some time ago, when he had rare visits home, to learn How to use Skype; which took considerable time due to the shortness of visits. Regardless of these inconsistencies almost all of my attempts to arrange Skype calls have been ignored, but for three minutes since 2015, or met with various excuses for not allowing Skype with my brother or for him to visit.

The below video is a screen recording as some proof of just how little contact my brother has been permitted with me and our mother between 22 May 2018 to 20th June 2020, sadly she has now gone and her wish for my brother to return home or move closer to us, is now a battle I have to continue in her memory.

Trying To Arrange A Birthday Visit Home

Below is the email chain regarding my request the Priory Group home manager, for my brother to be at his family home for his Birthday.

As of publishing this at 8.01 pm, I haven’t received a reply to my response to the manager.
I do wonder how many families have to endure such complication when trying to see a member of their family, who they grew up with and help support for 36 years.

 

emailKaminski17062020Family home visit_Redacted

 

In my email response, I have asked the Priory Group home manager to provide Skype contact logs and copies of emails sent to me, regarding the request to me from the manager and staff on behalf of my brother for contact.
I have asked for these pieces of data as I am confident this proves none exist nor have any attempts been made to support my brother with remaining in contact. Only receiving one email since March to unlawfully deny my brother of attending our mothers funeral; with mine ignored.
Priory Group, however, will delay and make specious & spurious excuse not to provide information and eventually say it was accidentally lost, as has happened previously.

Almost nine years on

I’ve not only lost my vulnerable adopted brother to The Priory Group, after almost 9 years of battles with my LA and due to their staff & Herefordshire Council lying even to the Court of Protection to conceal neglect & ill-treatment, I now find Herefordshire Council has lost my personal data.

Additionally, due to the punitive restrictions Herefordshire Council imposed, they have:

  • Ignored requests for property to be returned to me
  • Failed to give claimed detailed police report for legal redress
  • Delayed CHC funding for my mother for over a year; this being fast-tracked once in hospital & taken away before she died.

Below is a redacted copy of my recent letter to Herefordshire Council regarding their refusal of council tax reduction, claims of not receiving documents, and the loss of my data.

 

 

Discovering More Neglect & Lies

This post displays that not all of us who cared for a vulnerable elderly parent and adopted sibling, have a supportive family.

As my mother’s funeral approached I contacted one of my estranged sisters who are claimed to be in regular contact and visiting our vulnerable brother, for her and my other estranged sisters to make arrangements for our brother to attend our mother’s funeral, due to Priory Group & LA ignoring my requests until mere minutes before the funeral to inform me of their refusal to allow my brother of attending with me.

Below is the email response I received from the estranged sister. Knowing this, I note care records for years have greater false content than already revealed. And Herefordshire Council social care staff were willing and to and did use deceptive claims about family members.

https://whileincare.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/jcem1.pdfjcem1

The above email, from the same estranged sister, who in social care records, made an allegation she would not visit our mother because of my behaviour.
My behaviour, I would not speak with my estranged sisters and sit in another room when they did rarely and briefly visit our mother, for mere minutes.
The same estranged sister who had LPA with me yet abandoned our mother and her obligation to her.
Even at the end of her life, my mother had none of her daughter’s comforting her during her last days or hours while she slowly died in hospital.
 
I will never forgive my estranged older siblings for their abandonment of our mother and vulnerable adopted brother, nor social care staff from directors down who have over recent years been complicit in fabricating their distressing and vexatious litany of lies and misinformation.

Refusal of Attending Our Mother’s Funeral

A bit of a long post, but necessary to detail how The Priory Group disregarded published government guidance and legislation regarding COVID-19, the MCA and the best interests of my vulnerable sibling.

Below is The Priory Group director of risk and safety, DW’s email of 14th April 2020, regarding denying my brother of attending our mother’s funeral service with other family members and me, minutes before the funeral service took place, followed by my reply and assessment of DW’s email.

DWattsFuneral arrangements_attendance_Redacted

 

My reply, to DW, was sent via post:

Reply to David Watts Distressing email of 14-04-2020_Redacted

 

There are several concerns with DW’s email of 14th April 2020, some of which are detailed below.

Paragraph 1

In consideration of DW’s distressing past deceit and attempt to intimidate me, I believe DW’s statement of condolences is merely feigned.

Paragraph 2

DW says following discussions with social care, taking into account government guidance, best interests, and facilitation. I address this in four brief parts below.

a. Herefordshire Council social care personnel did not attempt to contact me regarding funeral arrangements and my brother, between 25th March 2020, the date our mother passed away, to 14th April 2020, the date of the funeral. And regardless of me being an interested party in the health and welfare of my brother. As a side note, I had previously attempted to arrange for my brother to come home and go from there to the hospital two weeks before restrictions came into force, which was ignored by Priory Group and Herefordshire Council.

b. Government guidance on funerals attendance had not changed since the enactment of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which came into force at 1.00 p.m. on 26th March 2020. While there were other specifics changed, attendance at funeral services and travelling to them did not and has not to date. Government guidance also stated travelling to attend a funeral was regarded as ‘essential travel’.

A small section of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 regarding funerals:

Restrictions on movement 6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse. (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need— (g) to attend a funeral of— (i) a member of the person’s household, (ii) a close family member, or (iii) if no-one within sub-paragraphs (i) or (ii) are attending, a friend

c. While there is more I could detail regarding this paragraph, a small part is DW’s disregard of relevance and his statement of considering what is in my brother’s best interest. I point to the legislation which DW has clearly ignored; section 4 of The Mental Capacity Act. Reference: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/section/4

Paragraph 3

While DW makes claims that my brother would not be able to understand restrictions on social distancing and speculates how my brother may interpret such, the sheer lack of DW’s and his colleagues’ knowledge and understanding of my brother and his communication, having been at The Priory group placement for almost seven years against family wishes, and what my bother is actually capable and able to understand and communicate with adequate support, is distressingly apparent. Regarding Keeping a distance, my brother always understood and had no issue keeping a safe range if he or my mother were, in the past, unwell.

Paragraph 4

This paragraph is of concern as DW interprets quotes a small and specific part of government guidance, yet chooses to omit part regarding who could attend a funeral under government guidance at the time and legislation. DW also contradicts himself claiming it is unknown if my brother would tolerate wearing any kind of PPE, yet also claims PPE is not appropriate for my brother; denying my sibling of protection.
DW’s statement of my brother biting nails and rubbing his mouth also conflict with his past statements and claims, including regarding my concerns of the recurring neglect of basic hygiene and two-year-long recurring impetigo which he, advocate and social care staff ignored.

Paragraph 5

DW’s statement is pure speculation and implies those attending the funeral service were infected with COVID-19 or were infectious

Paragraph 6

DW states it is too high a risk for my brother to attend and refers to the physical wellbeing of others. Yet, not one person attending the funeral service had COVID-19 or displayed signs of the virus and kept to relevant guidance. Regarding my brother’s emotional wellbeing and knowing how he is at such events, I consider DW’s claim derisive and offensive to both my brother and me.

A small section taken from government guidance before April 2020:

  • mourners who are self-isolating for 14 days due to someone in their household being unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but are not symptomatic themselves should be facilitated to attend the funeral in person should they wish to do so, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission
  • mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielded group should also be facilitated to attend, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission

Paragraph 7

DW nor his colleagues attempted to make contact by phone, Skype or other means. The only messages left on the landline, which was not in use since my mother died, were two few second long messages from a claimed to be social care employee. The answer machine messages, picked up on my return later that day after the funeral service.

To this date, I have been unable and not permitted to contact or see my brother, including via Skype, to tell him of our mother’s passing due to the various claims and excuses made by The Priory Group.

 

I believe DW’s letter is in part, just one more distressing attempt to alienate me from my brother. Since The Priory Group, with the help of specific Herefordshire Council social care staff, attempted and failed to fabricate criminal offences against me; which in turn was punishment for discovering neglect & abuse of my brother and helping him record and document what was happening H house.

 

Brother denied of attending our mother’s funeral

Below is a redacted copy of an email I received from David Watts of The Priory Group, just 30 minutes before my mother’s funeral service. I had sent several requests to The Priory Group, for my brother to attend the funeral, yet all remained ignored until refusal mere minutes before the funeral. It is the second funeral my brother has been denied of attending.

DWattsFuneral arrangements_attendance_Redacted

 

I will update this post in future to expand on the contradiction, misinformation and concerns in DW’s email, and woeful understanding of my brother.

 

 

 

 

 

Denied of support with phone calls

In 2019, I submitted a SAR to The Priory Group; in it, one of the pieces of data I asked for was:
A certified true copy of H House telephone call log history for calls to me on the numbers for the period 2nd June 2018 to 4th August 2019.

The below has taken an extended time to obtain after The Priory Group ignored my request, and the Information Commissioner’s Office became involved, once again.

While my brother was claimed to be supported with making calls home, This particular Priory Group communication shows just one outbound call was made in 2018-2019.

updated-telephone-call-log-history_2018-19Redacted

 

Similarly, we have only been allowed Skype video calls for approximately 3 minutes since his account was created over five years ago, with various excuses made for denying him access, and us contact.

I am constantly finding with regard to the organisations involved with my family and me, the more they lie, the more they reveal.

Letter to Onside Advocacy regarding private & family life

At the beginning of February 2020, I was informed of my brother’s social worker and advocate surveilling of family home visits.

Below is my letter to the CEO of onside advocacy and the advocate who I was informed made the accusation against me.

Onside advocacy intrusion of private life_Redacted

 

It is not the first time this particular advocacy service or social worker has deceived, mislead or attempted to alienate or defame; confiscating property to prevent communication with my brother.
I previously had to contact Herefordshire Council regarding intrusion into my brother, mother, and my private and family life. Reporting such to a solicitor, due to my brother’s social worker making spurious claims. The same social worker who incidentally attempted, with a manager, to fabricate criminal offences against me and failed, confiscating a computer being taken to my brother. To date, Herefordshire Council has ignored my letters and emails requesting to return the property to me.